Dictionary: Right Ventricle for Parents
The right ventricle pumps blood low in oxygen to the lungs.
Dictionary: Heart Transplant for Parents
A heart transplant is a surgery where doctors remove a person's sick heart and replace it with a healthy donor heart.
Dictionary: Inferior Vena Cava for Parents
The inferior vena cava is the large vein that returns blood from the legs and abdomen to the heart.
Dictionary: Sano shunt for Parents
A Sano shunt is a small, soft tube that lets blood in the body be redirected.
Dictionary: Single Ventricle Defect for Parents
Having a single ventricle means that only one of the heart's two ventricles (pumping chambers) works well enough to pump blood.
Dictionary: Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt for Parents
A Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt is a small, soft tube that lets blood in the body be redirected.
Dictionary: Open-Heart Surgery for Parents
Open-heart surgery is surgery that involves opening the chest and heart. A heart-lung machine does the work for the heart and lungs during the procedure.
Dictionary: Blood Pressure for Parents
Blood pressure is a measurement that tells how hard the heart is pumping to move blood through the blood vessels.
Dictionary: Left Atrium for Parents
The left atrium receives blood full of oxygen from the lungs and then empties the blood into the left ventricle.
Dictionary: Superior Vena Cava for Parents
The superior vena cava is the large vein that returns blood from the head and arms to the heart.